• noun a ball, usually of fast or medium pace, that breaks ‘back’ towards the batsman, moving from off to leg after pitching
    Citation ‘He [W. C. Smith] differed in method entirely from the great majority of slow right-handers, for he relied chiefly on the ball that broke from leg … and not on the break-back like most of his class’ (Warner 1934)
    Citation ‘Nissar, a tall, strapping, six-foot Punjabi was the quicker of the two: he looked like a fast bowler and bowled like one with the ability to swing the ball both ways and with a devastating breakback of the type that accounted for both Holmes and Sutcliffe’ (Bose 1990)
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